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David "Alpha Male" Mertz, lead designer for PC Halo at Gearbox Software, resigned on Dec 1 after completing the Halo Editing Kit tutorial. No news on how this impacts the release of the Editing Kit. Thanks Louis Wu.

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Similar to the earlier vague announcement that ATI will be producing chips for "future Xbox technologies", Microsoft has named IBM as party to an agreement wherein they are allowed to use IBM technology in "new Xbox products and services".

This has led to the widespread conclusion that the Xbox 2 will use a PowerPC architecture. It's not completely farfetched, as the PPC architecture is widely used in embedded devices where power and heat consumption are major issues; perhaps the plan is for the Xbox 2 to be sleeker and slimmer than its predecessor.

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oddworld18 pointed out an article on ars technica concerning the Xbox; comments and flames galore regarding Bungie, Microsoft, Gearbox and Halo are in the thread. Go have a look.

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Xbox2 News, a site dedicated to the as-yet-unannounced successor to Microsoft's first foray into console gaming, the Xbox, recently interviewed ATI's Public Relations Manager for Consumer Products regarding the announcement earlier this summer that ATI wouild produce "future Xbox technologies" for Microsoft, fueling speculation that Nvidia, which made the GPU for the first iteration of the Xbox, was be

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I guess its rather appearant to many Halo game players, that Halo has started a new trend. Whats this trend? Well, we have Intelligent AI, Vehicles, non-linear options, oh and realistic gunplay.

I find it hilarious that Unreal Tournament 2k4 (Yes, 2k4), FarCry, and Killzone claim that they are "Halo-Killers" just because they are ripping off things that Halo did first. After the other gaming production companies saw the success of Halo, they decided to do the same thing, and then claim to be original. Its funny how people like to over estimate their work, but not realize they lack the substance.

Ive watched the Killzone videos and seen the pics. It may claim to be a Halo-Killer, but it probably won't be. As it stands the only thing that makes Killzone look interesting is the bleak surroundings, but notice that every image and even in the movie there is always fog. Fog is well known to be as the perfect way to hide flaws with the engine, such as the fact of draw-in problems (pop up polygons!). They cant even use real pixel shaders to create textured effects for the love of gawd. PS2's hardware is way out of date by todays standards. Its got a friggin 4mb buffer!! Thats like having a jaguar with bald tires and no gas. The group that is creating this game dont even have a game to their name anyways. Friggin newbies.

FarCry however looks more interesting, but the fact that they claim to have the best AI in a game ever is hilarious, everything they claim to be soooo groundbreaking was in Halo, and Halo is far older than FarCry. And of course, wow, vehicles soooooo cool, never seen that done before.

Personally Id rather watch Killzone, and FarCry fall flat on their faces. Halo-Killers my butt, Halo 2 will mop the floors with these cheesy knock-offs. Halo 2 will crush them like a Scorp tank crushes grunts with its treads.

Just two articles for the moment

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As if to confirm our original suspicions, we got another copy of the "you've won an Xbox" mail from another domain, this time prizebounty.com. IANAL, but this one spells S-C-A-M to me.

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GameSpot is reporting that Microsoft's Xbox division in Japan is now being run by Yoshihiro Maruyama, former senior vice president and COO of Squaresoft.

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Subnova is reporting that Nintendo has dropped the GameCube price to $100.

Looks like MS may or may not be catching up with Sony, but the battle with Nintendo may be becoming desperate for the older manufacturer.

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Just to let everyone know, I-- like I suspect many have in the Halo community-- been receiving email that loudly proclaims that it "is not spam" from a site called GiftStakes.com, and announcing that you've won an Xbox, and all you need to do is claim it from their website.

If you follow the link, you'll be asked for a code from the email, and taken to a page to enter your name and address.. and then they'll ask you to pay for the shipping and handling of your prize. Debit card is the only payment method accepted.

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The second generation console wars are over, you say? Somebody forgot to tell Microsoft.

Perhaps largely on the strength of the Xbox Live online service, sales trends for the Xbox are on the upswing, up 6% quarter on quarter, compared to 22% and 35% drops for the Nintendo GameCube and the Sony Playstation 2, respectively. Sony still has a commanding lead in market share, however, but the Xbox is making gains.

Sales of the XBL kit were up 17% in August, and eight more countries in Europe and Asia are due to come online soon.

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iGames Logo.


Rampant for over se7en years.



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Microsoft's wireless adapter for the Xbox.


Rampant for over se7en years.



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Slashdot has linked to a humorous look at the console wars over at Pointlesswasteoftime.com. The first part is on the GameCube, the second (which is rather short) on the Xbox, and the third on the PlayStation 2.

As I said, the page on the Xbox is a short one, but it does contain this tidbit:

There is a feel of inevitable victory with the X-Box line, despite the fact that this version is still 40 million units behind the Playstation 2 in sales and that Microsoft could have made more money off the expensive machine if it had wrapped them in hundred-dollar bills and fired them out of a cannon at passing pedestrians. But of course, that's the point. One gets the feeling that Bill Gates is willing to spend $500 per unit on the X-Box 2 and mail them out for free like AOL trial disks if that's what it takes to win.

The summary conclusion is that "the past belongs to Nintendo, the present to Sony, the future to Microsoft." Although some might disagree.

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According to Xbox365, ATI Technologies announced yesterday that they have an agreement with Microsoft to develop new technologies for future Xbox products. It looks very much like this means that the Xbox 2's graphics processor will be done by Nvidia's biggest rival, possibly a result of ongoing disagreements between MS and Nvidia over costs of the original Xbox's graphics processor.

UPDATE: There's a much more detailed analysis of this situation including some rampant speculation, over at News.com.

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GameSpot is reporting that Dustin "HP Darkman" Langton, winner of the Halo National Championship, has signed a management contract with Major League Gaming and also has an endorsement deal with LASR Accessories.

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